The singer posted an emotional note on Instagram Sunday (Aug. 5), the first to come directly from Lovato since her hospitalization. "I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," she wrote. "What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet. I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. To my fans, I am forever grateful for all of your love and support throughout this past week and beyond. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time. I want to thank my family, my team, and the staff at Cedars-Sinai who have been by my side this entire time. Without them I wouldn't be here writing this letter to all of you."
The singer added that she now needs time to heal and focus on her sobriety and recovery. In June, just a month before her alleged overdose, Lovato released the honest ballad "Sober," in which she sings, "Momma, I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore. Daddy, please forgive me for the spilled drinks on the floor. The ones who never left me, we've been down this road before. I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore." The singer has been very open about her struggles with addiction, mental illness and eating disorders over the years and entered treatment in 2010.
According to TMZ, Lovato took a private plane to the unnamed facility, reportedly outside of California, where she is expected to stay for "an extended period of time."
A spokesperson for Lovato could not be reached for comment at press time.